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The Texas Rare Bird Alert carries sighting information about chaseable Texas Review species. Please send reports of Texas Review Species to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Secretary, Texas Bird Records Committee. For more reports of Texas sightings, please refer to:

 

Port Aransas: MEW GULL
first report: Jan 12; last update: Jan 18  Map

On Jan 12 Jon McIntyre found a 1st-cycle Mew Gull at the Port Aransas Birding Center. (Photos on Facebook)
Latest Reports: Jan 13: Photographed, same location. Has continued through Jan 18.

Hidalgo Co.: FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER
first report: Jan 12; last update: Jan 20  Map

At 2:30pm on Jan 12 John Yochum found and photographed a Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Hidalgo County near Sugarhouse Pond, on FM1425 (also known as 2E at the exit from the Expressway, and Sugar Mill Rd) just a half-mile south of FM 107, on the big jog. If one should see a stop sign with the number 1017 stenciled on the back, one would be in the exact spot. Later seen by several others.
Latest Reports: Jan 13: 8:25am, feeding above canopy between road and reservoir. Has continued through Jan 20.

Breckenridge: RED-NECKED GREBE
first report: Jan 14  Map

On Jan 14, Todd Fitzgerald found and photographed a Red-necked Grebe at Hubbard Creek Reservoir, west of Dallas. It was next to the boat ramp and campground, northeast side of dam.

Uvalde Co.: RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN
first sighting: Jan 4  Map

On Jan 4 Tripp Davenport photographed a Rufous-backed Robin in Uvalde Co. at the same location as one which stayed for about 30 days last winter. Directions are: West on 90 from Uvalde past Dunbar La. Turn left on CR202. Drive down to Nueces River crossing. Tripp cautions that he saw the bird only for about 5 minutes and was unable to relocate it later.

Uvalde Co.: EURASIAN WIGEON
first sighting: Jan 5  Map

On Jan 5 Steve Glover found a male Eurasian Wigeon on CR 429, north of Cross Plains in Callahan Co. The lake is visible by climbing a few feet up an embankment and peering over the brambles.

Santa Ana NWR: CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK
first sighting: Dec 26; last update: Jan 13  Map

On Dec 26 several birders observed a female Crimson-collared Grosbeak at Santa Ana NWR. The bird was eating berries in a bush on the east side of nature center by a small watering hole.
Latest Reports: Sightings have continued through Jan 13.

Aransas NWR: FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER
first report: Dec 20; last update: Dec 22   Map

A Fork-tailed Flycatcher was found at Aransas NWR during the Christmas Bird Count on Dec 20. It was near the Administration trailer and associating with Couch's Kingbirds.
Latest Reports: Dec 21-22:
found across from tanks before entrance to refuge, some 30-40 yards off road. Around noon, the bird was found dead alongside the road.

Colorado Co.: FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER
first report: Dec 11; last update: Dec 18   Map

On Dec 11 John and Fred Pratt spotted a Fork-tailed Flycatcher at Eagle Lake Municipal Park, SW of Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR, Colorado Co. Photographed.
Latest Reports: Has continued through Dec 18.

Kleberg Co: FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER
first sighting: Nov 27; last update: Dec 14  Map
On Nov 27, Rylee Gonzales and Andrew Orgill found a Fork-tailed Flycatcher hanging out with 3 Scissor-taileds just before it got dark on CR1070 behind Kaufer High School in Riviera (Kleberg Co). The bird immediately flew into the vegetation behind the pond after a few photos and we were unable to relocate.
Latest Reports: Nov 28: negative report to a morning search. Spotted in the afternoon. Observers were at the pond on CR 1070 south of the school. The bird was to the west. Nov 29: 3:50-4:10, seen on high lines on CR1070 near pond. Continued reports through Dec 14.

Hidalgo Co.: ROSE-THROATED BECARD
first sighting: Nov 24; last update: Dec 13  
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A female Rose-throated Becard was spotted on the morning of Nov 24 at the National Butterfly Center by Mary Gustafson. Check in at the Chrysalis Pavilion for details. Sightings have continued through Dec 13.

Bentsen SP: CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK
first sighting: Dec 9  Map

Mid-afternoon on Dec 9, Petra Hockey found a female Crimson-collared Grosbeak at Bentsen SP. The bird flew from the headquarters trees closest to the levee across the road into the woods on the NE side of the bridge. Bird flew from HQ area / Tram pavilion east across park road into wooded section at NE corner of bridge (that leads into the park) and the ditch the bridge crosses over.

Balmorhea Lake: EURASIAN WIGEON
first sighting: Dec 9; last update: Dec 18  Map

On the afternoon of Dec 9, Randy Pinkston located a male Eurasian Wigeon at Balmorhea Lake. The gull was on the western side where the "inlet feeder canal" enters the lake. The access road to that area is closed to vehicular traffic beyond the gate, but the woman at the permit shack told him the area is still open to foot traffic, and that he could park near the gate as long as he didn't block it and hike in.
Latest Reports: Missed during the CBC on Dec 15 but found on Dec 18.

Tarrant Co.: HEERMANN'S GULL
first sighting: Dec 2; last update: Dec 7  Map

Late in the afternoon on Dec 2, John Allendorf photographed an adult Heermann's Gull on Benbrook Lake at North Holiday Park, 3rd turnout (Tarrant Co). The gull was in the middle of the lake. The hike is somewhat long and rocky. A scope is essential. (Photos in eBird report)
Viewing Tips (from Richard Hermosillo): If you will be looking in the morning, go to Longhorn park and walk south on paved road and then on trail around the cove to get along the shore below the high school. Look in a southwest direction. If going late in the evening, go to North Holiday park third pullout and look to the east for the bird.
Latest Reports: Dec 2: At dusk, it was seen roosting with other gulls in the middle of the lake. Continued reports through Dec 6. Searched for but not found on Dec 7.

Corpus Christi: WESTERN GULL
first sighting: Nov 22; last update: Nov 26  
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Sheridan Coffey reported that on Nov 22, she and Martin Reid observed a large dark-backed, pink-legged, third-cycle gull on the waterfront in downtown Corpus Christi. The bird was first found by Scott Shaw. The area is also called the T-heads. It’s the marina in downtown Corpus.  It appears to be either a Western, or Slaty-backed Gull, with Western more likely. A Western Gull (2nd winter plumage) was seen here last year. This may be the same bird. Port Aransas is also a good spot to look for it.
Latest Reports: Nov 23-26: continues at T-heads.

Laguna Atascosa NWR: DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER
first sighting: Nov 24   Map
On the morning of Nov 24 Javi Gonzalez found a Dusky-capped Flycatcher in the area around the visitor center at the end the of the trail leading to the refuge office at Laguna Atascosa NWR.

Willacy Co.: FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER
first sighting: Oct 5; last update: Nov 1  Map

On Oct 5, Mark Conway found and photographed a Fork-tailed Flycatcher on TX 187 between San Perlita and Port Mansfield, just east of the intersection with FM 3142.  He observed the bird perched on powerlines along the road.  It disappeared when he looked away. Birders were unable to relocate it.
Latest Reports: Nov 1: Michael McCoid spotted possibly the same bird in central Willacy alongside the road. (Map)

Edinburg: GREEN-BREASTED MANGO
first sighting: Oct 29; last update: Oct 31   Map

On the morning of Oct 29, Becky Reyes spotted a Green-breasted Mango at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center. The bird, believed to be a juvenile male, was by the Discovery Pond area. Seen and photographed by others.
Latest Reports: Sightings continued through the morning of Oct 30. Negative reports for afternoon of Oct 30 and morning of Oct 31.

Weslaco: NORTHERN JACANA
first sighting: Oct 28; last update: Oct 31    Map

On the morning of Oct 28, Huck Hutchens found a Northern Jacana at Avocet Pond at Estero Llano Grande State Park. The pond is across Ibis Pond from the deck. Ask at the desk when you check in for more information. Sightings continued throughout the day.
Latest Reports: Negative reports for afternoon of Oct 30 and morning of Oct 31.

San Saba Co.: VARIED THRUSH
first sighting: Oct 25; last update: Oct 27  Map

On Oct 25, Barbara Mitchell Pankratz photographed a Varied Thrush at the San Saba River Nature Park. (Photos and Notes on Facebook - TX Chase Birds). The bird was later refound by Jimma Byrd.
Latest Reports: Oct 26: continues. Oct 27: negative reports despite extensive searches

Kinney Co.: RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
first sighting: Oct 13; last update: Oct 28  Map

On Oct 13 Steven Glover and Greg Cook found a Rufous-capped Warbler at Fort Clark Springs in Kinney County. They were in Red Bridge Park, NW of the main pond. The exact coordinates are: 29.272773, -100.425768. Later attempts to find the bird were unsuccessful. To enter Fort Clark Springs, stop at the gate house and tell them you are there to birdwatch. They will take your name and give you a temporary pass to enter the location.
Latest Reports: Oct 15: Photographed by Troy Hibbitts at same spot (Notes and Photos on eBird). Refound on Oct 21. Has continued through Oct 28.

San Patricio Co.: FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER
first sighting: Oct 2  Map

On Oct 2, Skip Cantrell photographed a Fork-tailed Flycatcher north of Corpus Christi. The bird was along FM 1074, 10 miles outside of Portland. The bird was sitting on a power line in loose company of Scissor-tails and Eastern Kingbirds.

Victoria Co.: NORTHERN WHEATEAR
first sighting: Sep 26; last update: Sep 28  Map

T. Jay Adams found and photographed a Northern Wheatear at Saxet Lakes, Victoria County, midday on Sep 26. The location was near the intersection of  Fordyce and Fox roads. (Notes and Photos on eBird)
Guidelines: The bird spooks easily. Don't approach too close.
Latest Reports: Sep 26: continued sightings through late afternoon. Sep 27: 8:30am, seen by many in treetops near lake’s edge, on bollards and in grass near road by the parking lot. Sightings continued through the afternoon on Fox Rd. Sep 28-29: continues along Fox Rd.

Big Bend NP: SLATE-THROATED REDSTART
first sighting: Apr 19; last update: Sep 13  Map

On Apr 19 Sandi Templeton photographed a Slate-throated Redstart along Boot Canyon Trail in Big Bend NP. Photo on eBird.
Latest Reports: Apr 23: Seen and photographed by multiple observers. Apr 26-May 19: seen near junction of Boot and Juniper Canyon Trails. On May 17 Erik Atwell reported two birds were seen at the usual spot. They were collecting twigs and grass for a nest. Sightings continued at least through Sep 13. Two birds spotted together on Aug 10.

Balmorhea Lake: LONG-TAILED JAEGER
first sighting: Aug 31; last update: Sep 8  Map

Wendy McCrady reported that on Aug 31 she and Dan McCrady observed a Long-tailed Jaeger over a period of 3 hours beginning at 9:50am at Balmorhea Lake. Photos by Anita Meagher.
Latest Reports: Positive reports through Sep 8.

Galveston: WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON
first sighting: Sep 4; last update: Sep 5  Map

On the morning of Sep 4,  Kyle O'Haver found a White-crowned Pigeon on Cove Lane in Galveston. The location is near Lafitte's Cove. Late in the afternoon it was refound in the same general area. Photos on Facebook.
Latest Reports: Sep 5: negative reports by several birders.

Uvalde Co: MEXICAN VIOLETEAR
first report: May 24; last update: Aug 14

On May 24, Tripp Davenport reported that a Mexican Violetear is being seen at a private residence near Reagan Wells in Uvalde Co. The owner is reportedly allowing access. The bird has been seen regularly at the feeder for about a week. Tripp obtained the information from a local guide who has posted photos. Effective Jun 17, the Mexican Violetear is not accessible. The last reported sighting at this location was in early July.
Update by Tripp Davenport on Facebook: Jul 23: possibly the same bird is present at his ranch, roughly 8 miles away. It continued through Aug 11. As of Aug 14, the bird has been absent for 3 days. Tripp has shut off access as of the evening of Aug 14.

Davis Mountains: WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD
first report: Aug 9; last update: Aug 24  Map

On Aug 9, a female type White-eared Hummingbird was observed by many in the visitor center area of the Davis Mountains Preserve. Schedule for open days at the Preserve. The bird has continued through Aug 24.

Weslaco: ROSE-THROATED BECARD
first report: Aug 3  Map

Midday on Aug 3, AJ Johnson photographed a Rose-throated Becard at Frontera Audubon in Weslaco. It was over the first pond near the shed when you take the right path after the entrance gate. (Photo and Notes on Facebook). 

Christmas Mountains Oasis: Potential NUTTING'S FLYCATCHER
first report: Jul 12  Map

Carolyn Ohl reported that a potential Nutting's Flycatcher has been present at her oasis for several days. It was seen by other birders. She arrived on Jul 12 and saw it interacting with Ash-throated Flycatchers. See notes and photos in eBird report.

Davis Mountains SP: RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN
first report: Jul 11 Map

On Jul 11 James Bauer and 3 others observed a Rufous-backed Robin in Davis Mountains SP. Confirmed by park ranger who provided the bird's location.

Jeff Davis Co.: THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD
first report: Jun 21; last update: Jun 22  Map

On the morning of Jun 21 Wendy McCrady photographed a Thick-billed Kingbird at the Lawrence Wood picnic area, TNC Madera Canyon loop trail in Jeff Davis County. Photos in eBird report.
Latest Reports: Jun 22: negative report for 6:00-9:30am.

Harris County: RED PHALAROPE
first report: Jun 1; last update: Jun 3  Map

On Jun 1 Nicholas DeMaio found a Red Phalarope (breeding plumage) at the Jersey Village Jogging Trail Wetland in NW Harris County. Seen and photographed by many others. Photos by Chris Hammond. Continued sightings through Jun 3.

 

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Big Bend NP: SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
first report: May 25  Map

On May 25 Emily Novak observed a Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher at Big Bend NP. It was seen at the junction of Juniper Canyon and Boot Canyon trails. See eBird report for notes and photos.

San Antonio: MEXICAN VIOLETEAR
first sighting: May 12; last update: May 17  Map

On May 12 a Mexican Violetear was photographed at a private residence in San Antonio. The bird is likely a molting sub-adult. It was not observed on May 13 but on May 14 was once again present and photographed. The bird was seen all day on May 14, coming to a feeder about every 30 minutes. The homeowner, Lila Theis, has requested anyone wishing to try to view the bird to contact her first at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Photos and notes on Facebook.
Latest Reports: May 15: morning, continues. Seen about every 15 minutes throughout the day. May 16: early morning, present. No sightings for the rest of the day. May 17: not seen.

National Butterfly Center: ROSE-THROATED BECARD
first sighting: Apr 26; last update: May 25  Map

On Apr 26 a Rose-throated Becard was present at the National Butterfly Center near the marine toad sign on Hackberry Trail. The bird has continued through May 25.

Estero Llano Grande SP: MEXICAN VIOLETEAR
first sighting: May 11  Map

On May 11 a Mexican Violetear was at Estero Llano Grande at the Visitor Center feeding on Turks cap.

Jefferson Co.: GRAY KINGBIRD
first sighting: May 5  Map

On May 5 a Gray Kingbird was seen and photographed at Sea Rim State Park. It continued through the afternoon. (Photos and Notes on Facebook)

Travis Co.: VARIED THRUSH
first sighting: May 5  Map

Ron and Jody Hodges reported a Varied Thrush was present on May 5 at Mills Pond at Wells Branch, north of Austin. It has been photographed and verified by several birders.

Davis Mountain SP: VARIED THRUSH
first report: May 5 Map

Bill Sain reported on May 5 that a Varied Thrush has been seen for a few days at Davis Mountain State Park. It was photographed by Stephen Falick on May 4.
Continued reports through May 5.

Santa Ana NWR: GRAY-CROWNED YELLOWTHROAT
first sighting: May 3  Map

On May 3 there were brief sightings of a Gray-crowned Yellowthroat at Santa Ana NWR. The bird mainly sang across the river in Mexico but it flew across to sing a few times on the US side. (Photo by Ryan O'Donnell)

Port Arthur: BLACK TURNSTONE
first sighting: May 3  Map

On May 3 Joanna Morelli found and photographed an apparent Black Turnstone at Sea Rim State Park. Photos on Facebook.

LRGV: FLAME-COLORED TANAGER
first sighting: Apr 26  Map

Late in the day on Apr 26 a female Flame-colored Tanager was present at the South Padre Island Convention Center. Seen by multiple observers.

Bexar Co.: SHORT-TAILED HAWK
first sighting: Apr 27  Map

Abbie Valine reported that on Apr 27 she observed a Short-tailed Hawk in Government Canyon SNA near San Antonio. eBird Notes.

Nueces Co.: BLACK-VENTED ORIOLE
first sighting: Apr 23; last update: Apr 25  Map

On Apr 23 Sarah Roper found a Black-vented Oriole in the Sand Dollar Rd area of Packery Channel Park. Later seen and photographed by others. Notes on eBird
Latest reports: Apr 25: one sighting (eBird report)

Hidalgo Co.: CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK
first sighting: Jan 18; last update: Apr 30  Map

On Jan 18 Thomas Hutson photographed a female-plumaged Crimson-collared Grosbeak at Quinta Mazatlan WBC. It was found south of the Palm Condo Trail. (Photo on Facebook)
Latest Reports: Jan 31 - Apr 30: continues. On Apr 22, Susan Patla reported a male was also present. The possible male also seen on Apr 24

 

 

TX RBA logo: Varied Thrush image courtesy of Carolyn Ohl-Johnson. Photo taken at her Christmas Mountains Oasis to mark the bird's third month anniversary (October 20, 2012 - January 20, 2013)

 

 

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